As part of the Program in Dance’s fall 2019 co-curricular dance offerings, Raven White (Princeton Class of 2016) leads a Contemporary Practices class on “Improvisation.” The Contemporary Practices class series explores varied techniques and approaches to contemporary dance. With a curriculum of rotating guest teachers, the course challenges students to widen their understanding of contemporary dance through physical exploration.

The Program in Dance offers weekly, drop-in co-curricular courses where members of the University community can train with professionals. Classes are FREE and open to all Princeton University students, alumni, faculty, and staff. No prior dance or movement experience needed.

No advance registration required; participants will be asked to sign in and show Princeton University ID. Participants may leave class early if needed.

These classes are not open to the general public.



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Photo by Umi Akiyoshi Photography

Raven Taisce White is a visual and movement artist, a queer woman, an activist, a southerner, an ocean-lover, and the director of BIRDHOUSE physical theater. Her practice is that of improvisation, the push to continually unknow herself and her surroundings, and the seeing of what happens.

Raven went to Princeton University (Class of 2016), where she majored in performance and visual art while advocating for queer recognition and rights. She began improvising at Princeton with Aynsley Vandenbroucke and discovered that improvisation was one of the rare dance forms in which a lost person was celebrated and a queer body was welcomed. Improvisation became the foundation of Raven’s work, and she went on to improvise with Susan Marshall, Rebecca Lazier, Rebecca Stenn, Sonja Pregrad, and Sidra Bell in various programs, processes, and performances in New York City and Berlin.

Raven founded BIRDHOUSE in 2017 with Emily Yetta Wohl, Bryn Hlava, Sebastian Abarbanell, and Maximillion Hawkeye Canion. She wanted to bring people she admired and cared about together to not only make art, but to create a community.

Since then, her world has been transformed as BIRDHOUSE has grown into a powerful group of artists unique in their generosity and dedication to one another. This is more than Raven could have asked for, or even imagined. She now devotes herself to teaching improvisation and the direction of BIRDHOUSE with friend and co-director Bryn Hlava.

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